The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetleorder Coleoptera with more than 2,000 described species. They are soft-bodied beetles that are commonly called fireflies, glowworms, or lightning bugsfor their conspicuous use of bioluminescenceduring twilight to attract mates or prey. Fireflies produce a “cold light”, with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies. This chemically produced light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale red, with wavelengths from 510 to 670 nanometers. Some species such as the dimly glowing “blue ghost” of the Eastern U.S. are commonly thought to emit blue light (<490 nanometers), although this is a false perception of their truly green emission light, due to the Purkinje effect. (From the Wikipedia article.)
All I know is there’s a bunch of bugs in the woods ready to get it on.
If the weather stayed pretty much like it is right now, I would be perfectly fine. It’s just right.
There’s an Apache legend in which the trickster Fox tries to steal fire from the firefly village. To accomplish this, he fools them and manages to set his own tail on fire with a piece of burning bark. As he escapes the firefly village, he gives the bark to Hawk, who flies off, scattering embers around the world, which is how fire came to the Apache people. As punishment for his deception, the fireflies told Fox that he would never be able to use fire himself.
And this I found really interesting:
Want to know something else that’s pretty cool about fireflies? In only two places in the entire world, there’s a phenomenon known as simultaneous bioluminescence. That means that all the fireflies in the area sync up their flashes, so all they light up at exactly the same time, repeatedly, all night long. The only places you can actually see this happen are Southeast Asia and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
As I’ve mentioned before we vacation pretty much only in the GSMNP. I’ll be watching for this to happen.
Old post from my old blog but worth sharing here again.
This old place has been razed for the millstones in the chimneys. I hate that. I hope it was the owner that did so. Otherwise, boo.
I’ll bet she was really something in her prime.
I pass this spot all the time and have always wanted to stop. Since I started this page I find that I need to follow the urge to stop and explore more. So here you go. I have no history for this old place other than the fact that it may have been and old Scout Cabin. Hence the name of the road! Enjoy the pics and if you are ever in this neck of the woods stop by and visit it for yourself.
We visited Landsford Canal State Park today. We haven’t been in years and as we didn’t get to visit Maggie Valley, NC this year and hike around there we at least got to hike in something familiar.
The trails here remind us of Alum Cave in Tennessee, in some parts. Same smells and sounds walking through the forest.
The Canal Trail is a little over three miles round trip and a really easy hike. Depending on if you climb on everything like my son, of course. He probably adds an easy mile to everywhere we go.
The Landsford Canal is a navigation channel that opened in 1823 with the purpose of bypassing rapids along the Catawba River to allow efficient freight transport and rapid travel between nearby communities and settlements along the rural frontiers of the era. It had five locks operating over a stretch of two miles with an elevation change overall of 32–34 feet. It was part of the inland navigation system from the ‘Up Country’ to Charleston, built systematically from 1819, and the navigations are today the centerpiece of Canal State Park. (From Wikipedia)
It’s fairly impressive, even in ruins, and there are so many photography opportunities. Just bring whatever camera you have and your eye (or both) and find your image.
The nearest town is Fort Lawn and I’m posting directions from there. But a quick internet search will give you directions from most anywhere.
I won’t throw much more on this post as I think the experience should be saved for you.
Aghost signis an oldhand-painted advertising signthat has been preserved on a building for an extended period of time. The sign may be kept for its nostalgic appeal, or simply indifference by the owner.
I pass them all the time and notice but rarely think about them. Some of these are really little art pieces in themselves. Others reveal what used to go on in a building.
And others are probably more well known, I just need to go find out what went down in that location, and that’s part of the fun.
The reflections part doesn’t have deep meaning or anything, it’s an actual reflection from the back window of my car on my garage door. I thought it was neat.